2009 Biography Movies

The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side

  • 66%
  • PG-13
  • 129 min
  • Biography

A poor, undereducated 344-pound African-American teenager in Memphis, whose father was murdered and whose mother was a crack addict, is shuffled through the public school system, despite his low grade point average and absenteeism. But his tremendous size and quickness attracts the interest of a wealthy white couple who take him in and groom him both athletically and academically to become one of the top high school football prospects in the country.

Public Enemies (2009)

Public Enemies

  • 68%
  • R
  • 143 min
  • Biography

In the action-thriller "Public Enemies," acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard in the story of legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger (Depp)—the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoover’s fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale), and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public.

Julie & Julia (2009)

Julie & Julia

  • 75%
  • PG-13
  • 123 min
  • Biography

Project centers on a frustrated temp secretary who embarks on a yearlong culinary quest to cook all 524 recipes in Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd.

Invictus (2009)

Invictus

  • 76%
  • PG
  • 134 min
  • Biography

Based on the John Carlin book "The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed the World." The film is set after the fall of apartheid, when South Africa was host to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Mandela was in his first term as South African president, and he used the event as a way to end decades of mistrust and hatred between whites and blacks.

The Young Victoria (2009)

The Young Victoria

  • 76%
  • NONE
  • 104 min
  • Biography

"The Young Victoria" will focus on the first, often turbulent, years of the monarch's rule. She became queen at 18, and her legendary romance and marriage to Prince Albert. Devastated by her husband's death in 1861, she wore black for the rest of her life and remained largely secluded. Broadbent will play King William, Victoria's uncle, while Richardson has been cast as the Duchess of Kent, Victoria's mother. They join Emily Blunt as Victoria and Rupert Friend as her husband, Prince Albert.

The Soloist (2009)

The Soloist

  • 56%
  • PG-13
  • 105 min
  • Drama

In "The Soloist," an emotionally soaring drama about the redemptive power of music, journalist Steve Lopez (Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. "The Soloist" is directed by Joe Wright (Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and...

Notorious (2009)

Notorious

  • 51%
  • R
  • 123 min
  • Biography

"Notorious" is about the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

The film stars multiple...

Nowhere Boy (2009)

Nowhere Boy

  • 80%
  • R
  • 98 min
  • Biography

Imagine... John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John: Mimi, the buttoned-up Aunt who raised him, and Julia, the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney. Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient...

The Damned United (2009)

The Damned United

  • 94%
  • R
  • 97 min
  • Biography

Set in 1960's and 1970's England, "The Damned United" tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United.

I Killed My Mother (2009)

I Killed My Mother

    • 96 min
    • Biography

    A semi-autobiographical story about Dolan as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

    Bright Star (2009)

    Bright Star

    • 83%
    • PG
    • 119 min
    • Biography

    The film is a drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25.

    Coco Before Chanel (2009)

    Coco Before Chanel

    • 63%
    • PG-13
    • 105 min
    • Biography

    "Coco Before Chanel" is the story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who began her life as headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style. The film portrays the formative years of Chanel's life, the years of Chanel spent discovering and inventing herself.

    Hippie Hippie Shake

      • R
      • Comedy
      The Last Station (2009)

      The Last Station

        • R
        • 112 min
        • Biography

        A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

        Amelia (2009)

        Amelia

        • 21%
        • PG
        • 111 min
        • Adventure

        Hilary Swank plays Earhart, a noted American aviation pioneer, author and women's rights advocate who disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937.

        Albert Schweitzer (2009)

        Albert Schweitzer

          • Unrated
          • 114 min
          • Biography

          1949 the early years of the Cold War. Albert Schweitzer has become one of the most admired men in the world. The "jungle doctor" Albert Schweitzer tells the story of a philosopher and physician who promoted peace during the Cold War, built a hospital in what is now Gabon and proved stronger than the CIA.

          American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009)

          American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

          • 100%
          • Unrated
          • 84 min
          • Documentary

          A devoted son of Holocaust survivors and ardent critic of Israeli foreign policy, the polarizing American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein has been called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational revolutionary by others. Exploring the deeply complex issues at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, American Radical is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a voice among impassioned...

          Ancients Behaving Badly

            • Unrated
            • Documentary
            Around a Small Mountain (2009)

            Around a Small Mountain

              • NONE
              • 84 min
              • Biography

              From legendary director Jacques Rivette (“Va Savoir,” “The Duchess of Langeais”) comes “Around a Small Mountain,” a tale of lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art. On a winding mountain road, Vittorio gallantly helps Kate, whose car has broken down, and speeds off never having spoken a word. Later in town, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s travelling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions many years ago. Intrigued by...

              Atletu (2009)

              Atletu

                • 89 min
                • Biography

                Chronicles Abebe Bikila's life and career, from his triumph at the 1960 Rome Olympics where he became the first African to win a gold medal, to the severe car accident that left him a paraplegic but still able to compete in archery at the Paralympics, and later in a cross-country ski race in Norway.